4 cups oats
1 1/2 cups nuts or seeds (chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, papitas, chopped walnuts, any of your favorite nuts or seeds)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 cup olive oil (or melted coconut oil)
1/2 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1 tsp. Vanilla extract (almond, or maple can also work)
2/3 cup dried fruit (raisins, dried coconut or pineapple, dried apricots or chopped dates.
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees and large pan with parchment paper or a silicon mat
2. Combine Oats, nuts, seeds, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg in a bowl and mix to distribute the spices.
3.Drizzle oil, maple syrup or honey, and extract over oats. And mix evenly to completely coat oats and nuts. Do not add dried fruit as they will burn in the over. These are added at the end.
4. Pour over pan in an even layer no more than half an inch thick. If you enjoy chunkier granola press the mixture as much as possible. Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven. The mixture should be golden around the edges, but not burnt.
5. Let cool completely at least 45 minutes before removing for a chunkier granola. Removing while the granola is still hot will cause it to crumble and not hold it’s shape as well. Evenly ass dried fruit to the top of the granola while it is cooling. Once you remove the granola and add it to an airtight container the dried fruit should evenly mix with the granola. You can also add more or less depending on your preference.
FOR FLAVOR IDEAS
For an Almond Crunch granola use slices almonds and sunflower seeds, honey, and almond extract. If you would like to add dried fruit dried apricot goes great or chopped dates.
For a winter pick me up add a tsp. of lemon zest, nut meg and ginger, dried cranberries and raisins, maple syrup and lemon extract. This is a favorite during winter time!
For a more tropical variety try using 1/2 cup chopped Brazil-nuts, 1 cup mix of almonds, sunflower seeds and papitas, melted coconut oil instead of olive, Honey, Lemon or vanilla extract, and top with extra fruits using, dried coconut chunks, dried pineapple or dried mango and chopped dried banana.
Banana nut would be great with slivered almonds, chopped walnuts, maple syrup, vanilla extract and chopped banana (dried)
Feel free to mix and match. If you like bitter try using cocoa powder and adding chocolate nibs or chunks at the end of cooking once the granola is completely dried. Add your favorite flavor variations in the comments below!